Nissan Murano review | carsguide.com.au

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Nissan Murano

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The Murano‘s V6 is incredibly and silent, yet when you call it to haul the car quickly, it responds and without drama.

Neil road tests and reviews the Murano.

For a company best for its rugged Patrol, Nissan other off-roaders have had a job stealing a second glance buyers. Between them the and even mid-size X-Trail the limelight, leaving the Dualis and as second placegetters in the must-have

But since the new Murano arrived over 15 months ago, are more on the road as families its attributes. Like the Dualis, it is momentum among buyers. than 3500 have sold since it went on and Nissan Australia expects a result this year the car has just received some new

The ST gets keyless entry and which was previously only on the Ti. It also adds Bluetooth controls with steering mounted switches. Like systems locking or unlocking the car is a matter of touching the door and to start or stop the engine, push the start/stop button on the

The Ti now gets a large dual-panel sliding sunroof with a shade to block out harsh The large, full-width front panel slides open or can be slightly to assist ventilation, the rear panel is a fixed which allow plenty of into the airy interior.

are the days when Nissan#39;s looked a little down-market. The Ti has quality plastics, sensibly switchgear, double stitched and alloy highlights that a luxury feel.

The standard kit on the Ti an 11-speaker Bose sound satellite navigation system, rear hatch and rear split seatbacks that can be electrically too.Other standard include leather upholstery, an climate control system, and 18-inch alloys. From the the new Murano appears to have a made mostly from glass.

BODY AND MECHANICAL

Little has changed for the Murano and the ‘sculpture in design still remains Underneath the smooth sheetmetal is a 191kW 3.5-litre V6 engine, remains one of Nissan#39;s best-ever from the VQ family.

In addition to the V6 the Murano gets Nissan#39;s continuously variable transmission is now quicker and more intuitive. The Ti in electric tailgate, high-end system, electric raise seats and a reversing camera predictive path technology. the X-Trail, the Murano uses AllMode all-wheel drive

A full suite of electronic systems, including electronic control and a rigid bodyshell the Murano a top safety pick at launch from the Insurance for Highway Safety in the United

We kept having to recheck the consumption in our Murano. After a dicing with peak traffic and a cross-country burst on the in the Ti the reset trip computer to budge off 8.5 litres/100km, no matter how the car was driven.

For a big luxury off-roader, an impressive figure and says a lot the combination of a CVT automatic and Nissan#39;s V6 engine works. Even if the was a little optimistic – in our most trip computers are the Murano stacks up as a reasonably family crossover wagon.

official fuel economy is a combined highway and city of 10.9 litres/100km so a sub-10 is at constant highway speeds. we last tested it the average was litres/100km so maybe gentle is the key to a frugal fuel economy

The V6 remains one of our favourite engines and is than a match for the best It#39;s incredibly smooth and yet when you call upon it to the car quickly, it responds easily and drama.

The CVT behaves almost a conventional automatic but as there are no gearchanges it just keeps the car on the Enthusiastic drivers also get a manual mode. This is also good for economy it allows the V6 to loaf along at speeds at modest revs.

the CVT is caught out sometimes is at the traffic It can hesitate ever-so-briefly but is no worse some modern dual-clutch

For $57,890 the Ti presents a surprisingly deal and is well equipped lined up against its key rivals. snobs will enjoy the sound system. The rear camera is a useful addition but on an model like the Ti front should also be standard it is hard to judge the protruding when parking.

Inside the Ti is and suitably well equipped for the The twin glass roofs add to the airy feel, particularly the light tan leather interior. front and rear occupants plenty of legroom and headroom but the rear end and full-size spare luggage space a bit.

a trade-off we#39;re happy particularly given that spares are a rare commodity off-roaders these days. A spare has become a selling in itself.

Some buyers bypass the Murano because it comes with five-seats, but has an answer to that with the new seven-seater. However, its more competition like the seven-seater CX-9, Toyota Kluger and the Ford Territory ace the Murano in the stakes. But the latest Ti adds nice luxury touches to it in the game.

THE BOTTOM LINE . Class-leading V6 and CVT it a standout but some families balk at the lack of seven

NISSAN MURANO Ti

Price:

Engine: 3.5-litre V6

Power: at 6000 revs

Torque: from 4400 revs

CVT automatic

Body: Five-door

Dimensions . Length 4835mm, 1885mm, Height 1730mm, 2825mm, tracks front/rear

Suspension: Independent front multi-link rear

Fuel 82 litres

Fuel type: unleaded

Fuel consumption: combined

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